Andy and Rachel's Travels Posts

September 14, 2018 / / SW USA

Sublime views, breath-taking engineering and a gentle lake cruise would be the order of the day. We left Flagstaff extra early and were happy to be on the road again. We were soon in Navajo Indian country and so crossing…

September 14, 2018 / / SW USA

Sedona is a sprawl of very ordinary and uninspiring buildings and is a haven for all sorts of new age nonsense. You can have your fortune told, your palm read, your aura photographed and your chakras probed. Signs containing words…

September 12, 2018 / / SW USA

We had some downtime today with a leisurely drive west to Flagstaff via Winslow: the whole journey being an hour and twenty minutes, if we had not stopped off in Winslow. There’s only one thing for which tourists come to…

September 11, 2018 / / SW USA

It was like being dropped onto another planet: we were in a wasteland of what appeared to be ash and rock, like a great fire had rampaged through the area, consuming everything in its path. Every tree lay strewn on…

September 10, 2018 / / SW USA

We’ve been winging it on this trip: travelling without pre-booking any accommodation. We’ve had no problems so far in finding places to stay each day as there are usually plenty of motels with rooms available. This allows us to be…

September 9, 2018 / / SW USA

We visited the Old West today, by way of the small towns along the Turquoise Trail – approximately 65 miles of Highway 14 from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. We were still moving south and ever deeper into New Mexico. The…

September 8, 2018 / / SW USA

We have found Santa Fe to be the most wonderful city. It’s a bit like Taos but bigger. Filled with really expensive boutiques, galleries and shops, you can walk for hours and still see something new and interesting. It’s the…

September 8, 2018 / / SW USA

We wondered how people could live like this: trailers, surrounded by derelict trucks and other machinery, stripped of their parts and abandoned to the elements, with nothing but scrub land for miles around. Surely there was no electricity or fresh…

September 6, 2018 / / SW USA

The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado are a freak of nature – literally. Wind patterns and the position of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountains combine with river courses in the surrounding San Luis Valley to provide a…

September 5, 2018 / / SW USA

At the height of the gold rush here in the States, prospectors made their fortunes in mining and real estate and also made Cripple Creek the place to be. But as times changed and the people of Cripple Creek moved…